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Subject: Re: UKNM: The final word from the horse's mouth [Fwd: FW: Virus Warning]
From: Paul Cook
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 13:51:34 GMT

This seems to go on and on! I was searching for Virus software on Infoseek
the other day and I noticed one of the leading vendors saying the first one
had been discovered.

I think Mail in Explorer 4 can include Java and if so you could transmit a
virus this way (or would it be a trojan). The more helpful the mail
application the less helpful for protecting your PC.


Duncan Macmillan wrote:

> [Moderator's Note: This was forwarded by Duncan, from Ray Bellis]
> From: Ray Bellis <rpbatcommunity [dot] net [dot] uk>
> Reply-To: Ray Bellis <rpbatcommunity [dot] net [dot] uk>
> To: Jan Mckenty <janaticonsoft [dot] co [dot] uk>
> Subject: Re: FW: Virus Warning
> On Thu, 19 Mar 1998, Jan Mckenty wrote:
> > You might like to forward this to your people.
> Please *ignore* any such 'warning' messages of this nature, they are
> hoaxes :-(
> The only way for an e-mail message to infect your system is if you
> actually open an included attachment after receiving it. Simply opening
> the body of the message inside your mail program is *not* sufficient to
> trigger any virus contained inside an attachment.
> A '.exe' attachment might contain a traditional virus and a '.doc' file
> might contain a 'macro-virus'. If your system does try to automatically
> display '.doc' attachments then it might be prudent to disable that
> facility, but in any case the standard recommendation would be to install
> good anti-virus software on your PC in order to protect against infection
> whatever the source.
> NB: Technically, a program which immediately deletes your hard drive is
> actually a 'trojan horse' and not a 'virus', since if it destroys your
> system it can't possibly spread.
> Of course it could be argued that the current 'warnings' are themselves
> viral in nature, since they appear to be more virulent in the way they
> spread from one person to the next than any known 'real' virus.
> Ray.
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  UKNM: The final word from the horse's mo, Duncan Macmillan

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